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Keita, Seckou / 22 Strings
Album:22 Strings Collection:World
Artist:Keita, Seckou Added:06/2016
Label:Arc Music Inc. 

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Add Date:2016-06-27 Pull Date:2016-08-28 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:28 Aug21 Aug14 Aug7 Aug31 Jul24 Jul17 Jul10 Jul
Airplays:11141213

 Recent Airplay
1.Jun 21, 2018:Melange
Mikhi Nathan Mu-Toma (The Invisible Man)
4.Dec 29, 2016:Melange
Mikhi Nathan Mu-Toma (The Invisible Man)
2.Mar 22, 2018:Melange
Mande
5.Aug 25, 2016:Melange
Future Strings In E
3.Jul 27, 2017:melange
Future Strings In E, Mande
6.Aug 18, 2016:Melange
The Path From Gabou

Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2016-06-22 
Virtuoso Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita uses his traditional 22 string kora or African harp to weave extraordinary rhythms and melodies; album won 2016 Songlines Music Award for Africa & Middle East. The sound of the kora has lovely resonance the way he plays it. Fantastic recording!

No FCC issues; Favorite tracks 1, 3, 6, 8,10

*1- 4:37 – The Path from Gabou – three bass note motif woven with chords; quietly insistent; intricate; name signifies journey to past African kingdom

2-5:50 – N'doke (Little Bro) – faster, repetitive in a good way; heavy duty plucking on this one

**3-6:38 – (The Invisible Man) – fountain of arpeggios and ornaments begins this exquisite piece; bass line keeps rhythm

4 - 4:22 – If Only I Knew – lyrics give words of wisdom from Keita's grandfather; singer plus chorus

5 – 4:50 - Alpha Yaya –traditional tune about a Fulani tribesman

*6 – 3:50 – Kana-Sila --”Don't Be Afraid” – vocals plus kora-- sweet and heartfelt

7 – 6:11 – Tatono – Gambian and Malian touches to this style of kora playing – “don't leave, grandfather”-- mellow, contemplative

**8 – 4:25 – Mande – starts with big treble splash, very upbeat and sunny with lyrics about his ancestors in Mandinka who were kings

9 – 2:47 – Abdou N'diaye -traditional song for Wolof ruler – more bass lines with damped strings

**10 – 6:49 –Future Strings in E – almost classical virtuosity with bass line and arpeggios; intense

Track Listing
1.The Path From Gabou 6.Kana-Sila
2.N'doke (Little Bro) 7.Tatono
3.Mikhi Nathan Mu-Toma (The Invisible Man) 8.Mande
4.If Only I Knew 9.Abdou N'diaye
5.Alpha Yaya 10.Future Strings In E